[sf-lug] WAY OT: Car Stereo Analog Electronics

Paul Ward dssstrkl at gmail.com
Wed May 28 09:20:08 PDT 2008

Or if you don't mind spending a bit of money, there are a lot of car  
stereos that have iPod dock connectors for between $100-$200. Check  
out your local big box or crutchfield.com.

On May 28, 2008, at 8:56 AM, Mark K. Zanfardino wrote:

> I realize you are probably doing this because it's something fun to  
> do,
> but have you considered the more direct route?  If the cassette works,
> why not just buy a cassette adapter?  They cost about $15.00 at Radio
> Shack and they give you a 3.5mm stereo connector you can plug into  
> your
> iPod (or whatever).  I use one in my 2000 Lexus.  I was going to  
> replace
> the in-dash cassette with an in-dash CD player until I realized I'd
> loose my iPod...
> Just a thought.
> Mark
> Matt Price wrote:
>> hi guys,
>> well, this is the DIY group i know best...  I'm getting ready for a  
>> big
>> road trip (all the way back to toronto) and I'm trying to hook my  
>> ipod
>> up to my car stereo.  unfortunately i have a stock honda civic stereo
>> head unit, which doesn't have an aux in anywhere.  instead htere's a
>> proprietary DIN-style connector that goes from the head unit (which  
>> has
>> a radio ) and the external cassette player (mounted separately in a
>> different spot on the dash).
>> there's a pin diagram for this connector here (well, at least i think
>> it's the right diagram):
>> http://www.nsxprime.com/FAQ/DIY/sound_system.htm
>> this instructables suggests it's the same as the honda stereos:
>> http://www.instructables.com/id/SOU74LJF9056P3L/
>> my plan is to take out the  cassette player (not hard, i've done it
>> before), and somehow splice an audio out cable into the din  
>> connector.
>> as far as i understand it, all i need to do is connect the signal
>> ground, left and right wires to the appropriate pins, and the thing
>> SHOULD get sound from the ipod (or any aux connector).  i see two  
>> ways
>> to do this:
>> 1) just take an old headphone wire, open it up, and run the  
>> individual
>> wires into the appropriate din pin openings.  but this is too simple.
>> 2) find an 8-pin din connector, solder the wires from the headphone  
>> jack
>> into it, but also maybe somehow use the other wires to do other  
>> things.
>> for instance, i'd love to get usb power off of the battery; i'd  
>> love to
>> be able to somehow control the ipod using the accessory; etc.  i dont
>> know how ocmplicated all of these are.  also all my soldering tools  
>> and
>> stuff are back home in toronto.  and finally, i don't know where to  
>> buy
>> stuff like this here in sf.
>> sooo...  i'm hoping there's someone out there who knows all this  
>> stuff!
>> or who knows where to point me for more info.  i'd lvoe for this to
>> work, it's gonna be a looooong car ride...  thanks!
>> matt
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Paul Ward
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